Killer of 3 boys in '55 dies
Kenneth Hansen, a former horseman serving a 200-year sentence for the 1955 slayings of three young boys, a crime often blamed for ending a more innocent era in Chicago, died in prison on Wednesday.
The Schuessler brothers and Robert Peterson disappeared Oct. 16, 1955, after taking the train to the Loop to see a movie. Their naked and battered bodies turned up two days later in a ditch near a Northwest Side bridle path.
"I think he died too soon. He should have lingered," said John Rotunno, an ATF special agent who, with his partner James Grady, helped put together the case that led to Hansen's conviction. "I know one thing, he's not with those boys. I just can't talk about those kids anymore."